I beat the game this past weekend and yes, the ending is pretty lame. It didn't make me angry enough to file complaints with the FTC and Better Business Bureau
, but I did find it very underwhelming. And, as this lengthy -- and spoiler-filled -- Google document
shows, it's also riddled with inconsistencies, plot holes, and major lapses in logic. (Unless, that is, it was all a dream
FWIW, I'll be posting a pretty lengthy review/critique/analysis of the game on Opus in the next day or so. Suffice to say, it wasn't just the ending that I found lacking. I'm also starting to think that there's something lacking in the way that BioWare structures their RPGs.
Related: "Mass Effect 3 Ending-Hatred: 5 Reasons The Fans Are Right"
And earlier today, Dr. Ray Muzyka, one of BioWare's co-founders, announced
that the company was going to address players' concerns with the ending:
To that end, since the game launched, the team has been poring over everything they can find about reactions to the game â€“ industry press, forums, Facebook, and Twitter, just to name a few. The Mass Effect team, like other teams across the BioWare Label within EA, consists of passionate people who work hard for the love of creating experiences that excite and delight our fans. Iâ€™m honored to work with them because they have the courage and strength to respond to constructive feedback.
Building on their research, Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey. Youâ€™ll hear more on this in April. Weâ€™re working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback weâ€™ve received. This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.
To be clear: I don't think the game is a total
wash. I still think the world-building in the game is phenomenal, the action was fun, and I enjoyed the breadth of relationships that existed in the game. I just think that Mass Effect 3
ultimately failed to capitalize on that, as well as everything that had been built up in the first two games.